WASHINGTON (WUSA) — As the first week of 2013 comes to a close, check out some of the top moments from the 2012-2013 fall and winter seasons.
Gonzaga wide receiver Devin Butler explains how his brother’s story inspires him on the gridiron (November 8):
Football was just the escape Devin needed back in October of 2008 when his older brother, Darius, was shot five times on Georgia Avenue.
“I feel like I’m playing not only for myself but for him too. He likes to say he walks through me,” said Devin.
The 15-year-old, then a rising sophomore at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, won the gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle with the second-fastest time in history.
This November, at the Gators’ first home meet of the season with Gonzaga, Ledecky beat her 2011 school record in the 200 IM by about four seconds and inched past her record in the 100 butterfly by 15 one-hundredths of a second.
Suitland point guard Roddy Peters commits to Maryland (November 14):
When asked why he wanted to join Mark Turgeon’s squad, Peters answered: “I always wanted to play for Maryland, even when I was younger. Being a Terp was always something I wanted to do. Now I get the chance.”
Good Counsel claims WCAC Championship (November 18):
Good Counsel’s 10-1 season came to an end with a 26-14 victory over DeMatha. The win marked the Falcons’ fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) football title at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“Our team played so great today,” said head coach Bob Milloy after the game.
Dunbar tops Anacostia in Turkey Bowl (November 22):
Dunbar secured a 12-8 win over Anacostia for its second consecutive D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) title on Thanksgiving Day.
Credit is due to relentless defensive pressure and a solid performance from quarterback Lamel Matthews, who threw for 131 yards and completed 19 of 29 passes in the title game.
Freshman running back Monte Smith led Dunbar with 71 receiving yards and Lamel’s brother, junior wide receiver Delonte Matthews, was second on the team with 59 receiving yards.
Friendship’s Yannick Ngakoue and Derwin Gray awarded honorary Under Armour Game jerseys (November 28):
Friendship Collegiate Academy linebacker Yannick Ngakoue and offensive tackle Derwin Gray will play in the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
Wise tight end Micah Till secures Pumas’ 12-7 victory over Quince Orchard at the Maryland 4A State Championship (November 30):
Wise junior tight end Micah Till caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Isaiah Black, ultimately securing Wise’s 12-7 victory over Quince Orchard and the school’s first-ever football championship.
“We talked about giving 110 percent, everything you have and a little bit more … they said they were going to get one for me and they came through,” said Pumas head coach DaLawn Parrish.
Friendship Collegiate Academy defeated Dunbar, 48-12, in the inaugural D.C. State Athletic Association Football Championship at Howard University.
Surrattsville senior guard Jasmine Hill passes 1,000-career point mark (December 7):
Hill, who is committed to play at Howard University next year, started the game against Gwynn Park with 996 career points and finished with 1001. She is the first female athlete in school history to set that record.
“When I go to Howard [this accomplishment] is just going to give me the confidence to do the same thing there,” said Hill after the game.
In the third quarter, when she scored her record-setting basket, the game stopped as coaches, fans and family members celebrated with Hill.
Although Gwynn Park topped Surrattsville, 61-36, Hornets head coach Tynisha Payton said she’d never seen energy like that in all her years as a coach.
“That was a game changer because girls’ sports are exciting … we might not dunk all the time, but we have exciting games,” said Payton.